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How radiant floors work
Delivery: radiant, forced-air and decentralized

How to design for thermal comfort in a home

...home are warmer, you will feel more comfortable regardless of what your thermostat says. Other environmental factors beyond just the average air temperature and heat radiating to and from the surrounding surfaces of your home will further muddy the waters defining comfort; this includes air speed (think indoor 'wind ...

When should you replace windows
Windows and doors

When should you replace old windows?

...air leaks, so having airtight windows may be only a tube of caulking away. The first step would be determining from where exactly air is leaking. Keep in mind the natural stack effect of buildings - warm air rises, so in the absence of wind pressure air will leak in on the bottom floors and leak out on the top floors...

Ice dams on roofs & how to fix them
Roof assemblies - renovation

What causes ice dams and how to fix them

...home Ice Dams can cause damage to homes and buildings © Ecohome Now you know what causes Ice Dams and How to Fix Them, find more Tips for Getting a House Ready for Winter , Why is there ice in my attic, and how to fix it? and the Best Energy Saving Tips for Green Homes all in the Ecoho...

Skylights can be problematic in a high performance home
Windows and doors

Are skylights an asset or a liability?

...airly thick in comparison, that usually leads to a deep cavity in the ceiling where there is a skylight. This adds to the dramatic and enjoyable effect, but also provides a perfect place for warm air to collect. Wherever there is a concentration of warm, humid air in a home there will be an increased rate of heat los...

Ecohome's Kenogami House 'The Most Resilient Home in North America'
Concept and design

Resilient design features for new home construction

...leaks, high indoor relative humidity, humid air leaks, frost, snow buildup against walls and interior condensation due to thermal bridging. A durable wall is energy-efficient and airtight, with an airspace between wall structures and exterior cladding to allow walls to dry and allow us to Install windows and doors co...

Wood frame Triple-glazed, argon-filled windows in the Ecohome Demo House
Windows and doors

Choosing windows - which window frame? wood v aluminum v vinyl

...air. Although the amount from windows is minor, off-gassing of PVC from windows and other products in homes can affect air quality. PVC has specifically been linked to reproductive, brain and immune system disorders. Of all the window frame materials you will find, Vinyl performs the worst in cold climates. Until -10...

Crawlspace radon barrier installation for radon mitigation
Radon in Homes - Mitigation

Removing radon gas from basements and crawlspaces

...air rising , basement air will always find its way to upper floors to balance pressure as warm air escapes through leaks at the higher points of your house. In such a case, you may wish to create an air seal between the basement and upper floors. Very few membranes will actually block the passage of radon; one that d...

Healthy indoor air quality

The impact of ambient fragrances on our health

...home and work), it is essential that we work to ensure clear indoor air quality. Contrary to what many people believe, indoor air is often more polluted than outdoor air. How is inside air worse that outside air? The air you breathe inside originates outside, coming in through air leaks, windows or ventilation syst...

Balanced insulation levels in a green home
Efficient home design

Insulation in Green Home Building, a balanced approach to putting it where it does the most good

...Air leaks are responsible for a surprisingly large amount of heat loss, so plan your air barrier well in the design phase and be very meticulous with air sealing when working onsite. High-quality windows on the south can gain more heat in the day than they lose at night, giving you a net heat-gain. Windows on all oth...

Carpenter ants are a common pest and nuisance to get rid of in homes
Pest control

Removing insects and rodents from your home, safely & humanely (by preference)

...homeowners in high risk areas should keep an eye peeled for wet or dry lines of mud in basements, garages and around the exterior of the house. Wet wood makes for an easier meal for termites, so repairing any leaks and moisture damage will help with prevention, as well as well as keeping wood a safe distance from the...

The Top Twelve Green Building Trends for 2020
Planning and Design

Find out what's trending in 2020 for Green Home Construction

...air leaks in a home, and how important an air-tight home is for durability and efficiency. Also, we're seeing a proliferation of Net Zero Energy and Net Zero Ready certification schemes being devised making it easier for home buyers across the US and Canada to recognise and choose greener homes - and with choice and co...